Prepositions are function words like "to", "over", "through", "in". The meaning of a sentence can be dramatically altered by choosing the wrong preposition.

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“My father's hands” vs. “the hands of my father”

My father's hands → modified by a possessive noun The hands of my father → modified by a preposition When is "my father's hands" preferable over "the hands of my father", and vice versa?
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(allegedly) ungrammatical preposition stranding [duplicate]

Certain types of preposition-stranding are considered by some linguists to be "ungrammatical" in English, even though they do not seem remotely strange to me (an English speaker). I'm not talking ...
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'no matter in which way' or 'no matter which way?

Is in necessary in the phrase: It is the same, no matter in which way it is done. That is, is it acceptable to write: It is the same, no matter which way it is done.
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What is the right preposition after “provide”? [closed]

Could you tell me which is the right preposition after "provide"? to provide.... activities and situations"
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What's the correct usage of “agree some days” vs. “agree on some days”?

"However, workers and employers can agree longer holidays". I have searched online. I also referred to two reference books : the blue book of grammar and grammar rules. I don't see a usage as of ...
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which is correct “at the following” or “on the following”

i use it when i send link (URL for file or something) for some one, so what is the correct to say Please find file on the following link OR Please find file at the following link
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“usages” of except “for” and “times”

When I emailed somebody my weekly schedule, I wrote: I'm free except for the following times: MWF 4-5pm; TR 8-9am; F 10-12am. I'm not sure about the usage (or usages?) of the above bold words: ...
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Usage of 'out of' at the beginning of a sentence

Is it possible to use 'out of' in the sense of 'from among' at the beginning of a sentence? Would the examples below sound grammatical and natural with use of 'out of'in this sense? This story ...
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going home and going to work [duplicate]

The other day I've learned that you cannot use "to" in the sentence "I am going (to) home". At the same time, you should use "to" with other place names. For example, I am going to work. Could ...
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… to feel sick Tuesday afternoon / on Tuesday afternoon / from Tuesday afternoon. Which one is correct?

Are these all correct? He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick Tuesday afternoon. He was feeling good on Monday, but he started to feel sick on Tuesday afternoon. He was feeling ...
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which is the best preposition to follow “proprietary”?

Is intellectual property "proprietary to" or "proprietary of" the company to whom it belongs?
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you’re more than due a vacation - due without for?

I do not understand how this sentence makes sense: you’re more than due a vacation Should it not be "due for"? If not, why? What dictionary entry (e.g. Oxford) would that be?
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“Please be considerate of…” vs. “please be considerate to…”

We have a sign on a door at work which slams when people aren't careful. It originally read: Please be considerate of those here and close this door quietly. Someone crossed out the of and ...
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If and Whether - or not? Interrogative and Conditional words

It's clear to me that in some situations, "if" works but "whether" does not: 1a) If it rains, I shall take my umbrella. 1b) Call me if rain is predicted. Also some where only "whether or not" will ...
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Which preposition to use with diagnosis?

The sentence is: "It has been 2 years since my diagnosis of/with cancer". Which is correct, "diagnosis of" or "diagnosis with" cancer? The meaning i want is: "It has been 2 years since I was ...
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“choose from” vs “choose out of” vs “choose among”

I tried to form a sentence like this: X chooses Y from three Zs. X chooses Y out of three Zs. I couldn't choose which one is better, and after googling found question on en.se and thread ...
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Difference between 'to the left' and 'on the left'

I have encountered these expressions today, when I was describing a photo. People are lining up in the picture. I wanted to explain someone who is standing next to the person on the far left. And I ...
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“identical with” vs. “identical to”

I find myself always wondering which is the grammatically correct expression or, provided that both are correct, whether there are differences between their meaning. One example: Passage A in this ...
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“as if to” and “as if it were to”

Seen many sentences that had "as if to" and they had a comma before "as if to", which makes me think that "as if to" does not work as a preposition but as a clause. Is "as if to" the reduce form of ...
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“Attendant with” vs. “attendant to” vs. “attendant of”

Can the adjective attendant be used with the prepositions with, to, or of, and, if so, which is preferable? For example, I could say, "This manual describes the operation of the product and its ...
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What’s the difference between “for” and “to” in “for/to many people”?

Given these two versions of a sentence: For many people, dogs are the best friends. To many people, dogs are the best friends. I have following questions: What is the difference between ...
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“In here”, “from here”, and “at here”

I just read the discussed topic "look here vs. look at here": Which one is correct? "Look here" or "Look at here"? It's got me wondering. What is the reason for not using the ...
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Is it grammatically acceptable to write, “by March of 2015”? [duplicate]

The entire sentence would be something like: The Center will be established by March of 2015. I feel confident writing "in March of 2015", but this sentence must convey the fact that at any time ...
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Phrase type help needed

In the following sentence: I thank you for arranging the wedding. What type of phrase is for arranging the wedding? For is a preposition, but the fact there is not only a noun following it but ...
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Is “despite” outdated?

A friend of mine, a respected linguist, mentioned recently that "despite" (prep) is outdated. Whilst it is true that I hardly ever hear someone using the word in ordinary conversation, I still hear ...
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Is there a comprehensive look at articles of dress and their prepositions

As mentioned in the title, I'm looking for a comprehensive answer to the question of which prepositions go with different articles of clothing: e.g., in/with a tie; in/with a hat; in/with gloves, ...
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What preposition: “on the mobile” or “in the mobile”?

I read this: The battery's flat on the mobile. I think we should say in the mobile not on the mobile.
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1 to 5 / by 1 to 5 / from 1 to 5 / 1 untill 5…?

What prepositions should I use when I want to say about a range of numbers? Example of use in a scene where each garden or car was numbered: There are beautiful flowers in the garden #3 to the ...
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preposition problem! [closed]

i) Everyday drivers die ___ road accidents. ii) The majority of road accidents are caused ___ human error. iii) There occurs a lot of road accidents ___ Indian roads. Please help me out by ...
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“To the next time” vs. “Till the next time” [closed]

Could you tell me which form is correct, and why? to the next time, name till the next time, name
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Passive voice of intransitive verbs

Intransitive verbs have no objects, so they can not be used in passive voice, but I have seen many people using intransitive verbs in passive voice sentences. I am much confused how is it possible. ...
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“to prefer something over something” or “to prefer something to something” [duplicate]

Which syntax is more correct: to prefer something over something else or to prefer something to something else or maybe both are correct?
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''For the best'' vs ''best''

I was writing a message to a friend and I got confused about these two expressions ''best'' and ''for the best'' in this particular context: ''it would be best to stop seeing each other'' vs ...
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What is difference between “using” and “by using”?

Sometimes both "using" and "by using" seem to have the same meaning. Am I wrong? For example, compare the sentences below: "On-screen keyboards allow people with mobility impairments to type data ...
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In + pres. participle constructions (“In performing,” “in using”)

I'm working on preparing some text for translation into Spanish and have come across this construction, which sounds perfectly fine to me, but I've been unable to find any definition or description ...
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“Reservation for” vs. “reservation at”

I'm trying to check if this sentence is correct. Is this reservation for the Holiday Inn? Or, should I use Is this reservation at the Holiday Inn?
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“Amazed by how” vs “amazed how”

I am amazed by how friendly these people are. I'm amazed how friendly these people are. What is the difference between the usage with by and the usage without?
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Is it necessary to repete the prepositions in coordinate sentences? [duplicate]

In the coordinate sentences introducted by prepositions is it necessary to repete the preposition in the second sentence? "I am happy to go to the cinema and to have a pizza" or "I am happy to go to ...
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Why is a person 'on' public transport and not 'in' it [duplicate]

A friend of mine recently posted a comment on Facebook saying that the phrase "on a train" is a pet peeve of his since it very rarely refers to somebody literally riding on top of a train. This got ...
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“from” vs. “off” when talking about an album track

Is there a difference in the meaning or use of those two phrases: Favorite track off Dark Side of the Moon Favorite track from Dark Side of the Moon Is one of them wrong or not as ...
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Difference between “aunt to” and “aunt of”

E.g. You are going to be aunt to my son. You're going to be aunt of my son.
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not on your life (why not in your life)

I'm curious to know why the idiom below made with the prep "on" and not "in"? not on your life Not on your life! (informal) : Something that you say in order to tell someone with a lot of force ...
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“Off the wall” vs. “Off of the wall” [duplicate]

I used to think we should say "keep your hands off the wall", but one of the lines in Money, from Pink Floyd, they say "keep your hands off of my stash". That made me confuse. Do we always say keep ...
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Message on/in/into/onto queue

This question comes from a technical field. I say that I "put message on/in/into/onto queue" if I store some bits (the message) in an area of memory (the queue). Which is the correct preposition in ...
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Administer the patient the drug? Administer the patient with the drug?

Does the verb “administer”, as in to give a drug, work like the verb “give” or like the verb “provide”? Which of the following is better: 1 or 2? Patients are administered the drug. Like ...
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“Like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it” - by?

I do get the point but I would like to know why the "by" is used here? Wouldnt "and" work? "Is it like trying to ski by thinking about each action as you do it." To me it implies that you might ...
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“At Italy” or “In Italy” (or any country for that matter) [duplicate]

Are these two phrases both correct? I believe that the first is incorrect but would like a more detailed explanation if so.
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'before' or 'in front of'?

Which sentence is the correct one? He parked his BMW directly before the diner. or He parked his BMW directly in front of the diner.
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“Position in/at/for your company”

Which is correct? I am writing to apply for the position of ____ in your company. I am writinng to apply for the position of ____ at your company. I am writinng to apply for the position ...
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Why did the author put “to” in this sentence?

I can't figure out why did the author put this word in this place in the sentence: One of the protesters, surnamed Chiu, told a press conference that he was a witness to and victim of police ...